Records Broken at the Iowa State Fair
State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald announced that 85% of the children that participated in College Savings Iowa's annual State Fair survey show getting a college education is a necessary step to achieving their dreams and career aspirations. “Iowa children are already thinking about their futures,” stated Fitzgerald. “This survey demonstrates how important it is for families to start planning and saving early to help make college a reality for their children.”
“Every year we ask children visiting the fair what they want to be when they grow up and if they will need to go to college to achieve these goals,” Fitzgerald said. “Needless to say, we are always amazed by the responses they offer.” Seventeen percent are planning on becoming veterinarians, with another 11% hoping to become teachers. Doctor came in third this year with 8% of the responses, and nurse ranked fourth with 4%. “According to one child, it will cost him $14 to go to college to become Batman.”
“Families that save and invest for their children’s college education will be better prepared to meet the challenge of paying for it when the time arrives, and College Savings Iowa is here to help,” added Fitzgerald. Anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – can invest in College Savings Iowa on behalf of a child. This year Iowa taxpayers can deduct up to $3,045 in contributions per beneficiary account from their adjusted gross income.* Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the plan. To learn more about College Savings Iowa, visit collegesavingsiowa.com or call 1-888-672-9116.Read More
Message From the Treasurer
I am dedicating this section of our newsletter to the safe deposit box contents that come in through the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt. I often receive the question, "what is your favorite item?" As you can imagine, contents vary wildly. We receive valuables such as gold coins, jewelry, and stock certificates. We also receive more sentimental items like grandpa's pocket watch, childhood toys, and war medals. But my favorite items in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt are all of the family photos that are turned over to my office. In this digital age, it is nice to see how families save their black and white photos of their loved ones throughout the generations. It is my office's responsibility to return contents to their rightful owners and no matter the value of the contents, I take that charge seriously. Thank you for taking the time to read our quarterly newsletter and feel free to contact my office with questions or concerns. Treasurer@iowa.gov or 515-281-5368
Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald presented a $5,290 College Savings Iowa account to 6-year-old Haley Link at the Davenport Public Library in June. Haley was chosen to receive the award after her mother, Heather, entered her for the giveaway as part of the College Savings Iowa Spring Giveaway.
“With college tuition rising faster than inflation, saving for college is not an easy task these days,” stated Fitzgerald. “Saving ahead of time is one of the most significant things a family can do to help make college a reality for their child. It can reduce a parent’s need to borrow to cover educational expenses, which can help them and their child get through college with less debt.”
The College Savings Iowa 529 Plan attended various events across the state this past spring to help spread the message about saving early. While learning about the Plan, families were able to register for the 2013 College Savings Iowa Giveaway. Haley, who was randomly selected from over 8,000 entrants, will be able to use the $5,290 to help pay for tuition, books, room and board at any qualifying institution.